December 30th, 2007


[CHPC] First Sunday After Christmas [2007-12-30]

"And remember: I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b)

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The Choral Call to Prayer was "You Are Mine," which I love.  *hearts Isaiah*

I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

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light in the darkness

[CWM] First Sunday of Christmas [2007-12-30]

Prelude and Silent Meditation
"The presence of the Messiah is a mystery; it cannot be said to everybody, and it cannot be [known] by everybody, but only by those like Simeon who are driven by the Spirit.  There is something surprising, unexpected about the appearance of salvation, something which contradicts pious opinions and intellectual demands.  The mystery of salvation is the mystery of a child." --Paul Tillich

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"Ice has formed, and there's snow between the tracks"

"Humility is priceless. For everything else, including diamond bitch collars, there's Mastercard."
-Peyton Manning in "Life Lessons for Peyton Manning" (a Yuletide 2007 fic)

Though a New Englander, I'm really not much of a football fan (though I have jennyo on StalkerPin and have been kind of enjoying her postings about football), and also not much of a tv watcher so I haven't even seen any of these Peyton Manning commercials, but the line was really too good not to post.  The fic itself is a bit too cracked out for my tastes (though okay, it isn't Slave Bear of Care-a-Lot, which was 2005 but which I didn't get around to reading until this year and yeah, don't so much recommend).

However, I am stealing one of soundingsea's Yuletide recs:
Shakespeare - Hamlet
Before the end of all things
"Thoreau was an idiot," says Ophelia, "and there's nothing quiet about our desperation. Knowing our past does not make us any less doomed to repeat it."
Ophelia and Hamlet keep dancing the same dance throughout history. Only the details change.

joy sadhana for Christmastide (6)

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy." -mylittleredgirl [more info]

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.  And they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
-Isaiah 9:2

Five good things about today:
1. Despite not being able to fall asleep until like 2:30am, I still got up at a decent hour (9:15) AND stayed awake through the whole CHPC service, sermon included.
1a. And I liked the sermon.
1b. I had positive socializing experiences during CHPC Coffee Hour.
2. My brother called.  As I hear more about people's negative experiences with family (though usually it's in reference to their parents) I appreciate more the easy relationship I have with my brother.  Yeah we just talk superficial stuff, but I don't feel like I need that kind of close relationship with him, and I'm grateful for the good relationship that we do have.
3. OriginalRoomie and I had a pleasant conversation.  (Ari, she says the UFO noise is just the fridge.)
4. economics discussion -- this sort of thing apparently now fills me with joy.  (I actually looked at Intro Econ on the Harvard Extension School website, but Spring it's offered on Wednesdays and this spring I'm taking ASL 3 on Wednesdays; this Fall it was Thursdays, which is CAUMC small group, so I'm looking at Spring 2009, though I should remember to look at the Summer offerings -- though they're usually during the day, which is awkward.)
5. I didn't (don't) feel stressed about the stuff I did not accomplish today.

Three things I did well today:
1. I lifted up Certain People in Prayers of the People at both my churches.  (It's kinda funny in a way that this has become like a Spiritual Discipline for me.  Ari, at evening church, I totally laughed after getting called on and said "I say this every Sunday" and Tiffany smiled kindly and said something vaguely encouraging, 'cause she's good like that, and when I said the part about your having bought a ticket I totally Freudian slipped and said you were going to "visit" your girlfriend before I caught myself.)
2. I stuck around at Coffee Hour at CHPC despite kind of wanting to leave (and as stated above, was rewarded with decent social interaction).
3. I finished church writeups on the day of!!!

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Private-posting assorted writeups I haven't yet finished but want to have up before the New Year (I have Organization Issues, shut up). edit: Except that I realized that I would hit four thousand entries in the middle of the private-locked entries, which doesn't work for me. Sigh. /edit
2. Finishing various e-mails.